Welcoming our Revolution Mix Writer in Residence - Janice Okoh!

Posted on 3 March 2016

The Belgrade is proud to be welcoming our Revolution Mix writer in residence, Janice Okoh. Following the launch of Revolution Mix in October 2014, Eclipse Theatre Company, Britain’s premier Black-lead theatre company, announced the writers and the venues it will partner with in the largest ever national delivery of Black British stories in regional theatres.

Revolution Mix is running from 2015 – 2018 with the aim of provoking major change, tackling inequality and creating a lasting legacy within the UK’s theatrical landscape both onstage and off. The project will work with sixteen writers, including our writer in residence, Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting winner Janice Okoh.

Revolution Mix aims to develop and produce an ambitious body of work which will include a series of middle-scale tours, two small scale tours, two films and a series of short dramas for radio. Delivered in partnership with a network of venues, including Bristol Old Vic, Northern Stage, Sheffield Theatres, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Hull Truck Theatre, The Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester, Liverpool Everyman Playhouse, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Salisbury Playhouse, the Royal Court Theatre and the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry.

The project will culminate in 2018 with a year-long festival created by artists based all over the country, working with Eclipse Theatre Company and the partner theatres.

We are very excited to have Janice here, as she brings a wealth of experience and a unique perspective to the Belgrade. Her first play, Egusi Soup, was produced in 2012 and toured in 2014 to excellent reviews. Her second play, Three Birds, won the 2011 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting and was shortlisted for the Verity Bargate and Alfred Fagon Awards in the same year. She has written short plays for the Royal Court Theatre, Soho Theatre, Unicorn Theatre, Islington Community Theatre, Menagerie Theatre and Theatre 503. Janice is an established radio writer and writes regularly for BBC Radio 4.